Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. — Jesus of Nazareth (John 15:2)

We’ve lived through a mindboggling 20 months. Right? So many ways to analyze, reframe and explain 2020 (and most of 2021) in terms of massive global upheaval. In the words of my old friend singer Russ Taff from his self-titled 1987 album,

All that can shake, will shake. All that can quake, will quake

Certainly seems an apt description of our times. At least to me…


Youth culture is constantly evolving and Gen Z in particular is disrupting industries. –- Gregg L. Witt, “The Gen Z Frequency”

Who I am today may not be who I am tomorrow. Change, grow and adapt with me as my identity will always be evolving. — Anonymous Gen Z’er

I’m back in a world surrounded by the global and omnipresent Generation Z.

Consequently, as is often the case with these blogs’ topics, I decided to write about the globe’s largest “club” (at least in general demographic terms) and why their presence and imminent arrival into your professional world might necessitate…


When was the last time you changed jobs? Moved?

Or, recruited someone, asking them to join the Upheaval Club, leaving everything behind to join your team?

We live in difficult times — especially difficult when it comes to hiring people. The Pandemic changed almost everything in life, corporate, ministry and personal. The HELP WANTED signs are everywhere these days. From flipping burgers to top end businesses to ministries. The burning desire of many for employment has ebbed more than a little.

Myriad hiring strategies have been explored during the past few months. Plenty of ideas to recruit the best employees…


Let’s face it.

Doubting anyone reading this has ever lived through a more tumultuous 20 months — ever. Disruption. Change. Global pandemic. Upheaval. Violence.

The normal human reaction is to hunker down. Isolate. Hide. If there’s sand nearby, stick your head in it. And scrunch your eyes tightly closed. Any day now, it will all go back to normal.

Or not.

Those are behaviors. But what about feelings? As a leader, how are you feeling about life these days? (I feel like I’m stepping into my wife’s psychology role here.) …


“Behold the Lord’s anointed!”

Quite a day for the life of that young man, wouldn’t you say? Then do you find it strange that this most remarkable event led the young man, not to the throne, but to a decade of hellish agony and suffering? On that day, David was enrolled, not into the lineage of royalty, but into the school of brokenness. — Gene Edwards’ A Tale of Three Kings

I once worked for King Saul.

He was tall. Full of charisma and charm. Also, full of himself and prone to occasional bouts of rage and spear-chucking. He was…


“Behold the Lord’s anointed!”

Quite a day for the life of that young man, wouldn’t you say? Then do you find it strange that this most remarkable event led the young man, not to the throne, but to a decade of hellish agony and suffering? On that day, David was enrolled, not into the lineage of royalty, but into the school of brokenness. — Gene Edwards’ A Tale of Three Kings

I once worked for King Saul.

He was tall. Full of charisma and charm. Also, full of himself and prone to occasional bouts of rage and spear-chucking. He was…


“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said.

Gradually, then suddenly.” - Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Financially bankrupt. Or, morally. The description works in every instance. Leaders don’t wake up one morning and decide, I think I’ll have sex with my secretary today. At least, not the first time. Or, Today I think it’s time to annihilate another million countrymen.

You get the point. Years ago while completing the research for my doctoral dissertation, I concluded my extensive interview with Jim Bakker — recently released from prison, remarried and relocated to Branson, Missouri — with…


Attention must be paid! — Linda Loman (fictional wife of Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman)

It is not a stretch to point fingers at leaders these days. Missing leaders. Bad leaders. Toxic leaders. In every sphere of life. And, as Arthur Miller penned in his most famous work, someone needs to pay attention. So, today, we take up the challenge.

I offer these proofs from recent headlines and stories:

· Bad leadership has destroyed Nigeria, ‘land flowing with milk and honey’

· 2021 — The story of a year in 12 leaders (indicts leadership efforts of: President Biden, Turkey’s Erdogan, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, China’s Xi Jinping, Angela Merkel from Germany, and of course, Vladimir Putin)

· Mark Driscoll disgraced leader of the Mars Hill Church

· Nancy Pelosi and the congressional machinations to remove her as Speaker of the House

· Fauci — the risks of being in the news everyday for the past 18 months: Hero or Headed to Jail?

· Former White House doctor predicts invoking the 25th Amendment or the resignation of President Biden

· AWOL Texas legislators

The list goes on and on. Books are written about corrupt and inept leaders. Movies. TV series. Rarely do we hear about healthy leaders and their work. Good doesn’t…


Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. — John Maxwell

Healthy leaders, True North leaders — those committed to authenticity, integrity and excellence — are deeply focused and reliant on, and intentional about the power of empowering their teams. And when you add a Spirit-infused motive to empower, powerful consequences result.

Too heavy-handed with the power word?

Well, for the purposes of this blog, my answer is a resounding, NO!

Here’s why, according to leadership guru Simon Sinek:

Most people think leadership is about being in charge. Most people think leadership…


The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust. And trust is based on integrity. — Brian Tracy

Trust.

Not sure there is anything more foundational or more crucial for every relationship. Trust or the lack thereof, determines the quality of all human and supernatural relationships in life: spouse, family, friends. God.

I remember years ago I was driving home from a particularly challenging day at work. The screaming match was really quite one-sided since I was the only one in the car. …

Dr. Norm Mintle

Media executive. Educator. Leader. Innovator.

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